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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Apr 5, 2012 6:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Today's GD Lyrics Trivia Question - Softball

Thanks. But it's a little verbal OCD, isn't it? At least you came across your first one by happening to notice it in the noble act of contemplating Hunter's lyrics.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Apr 5, 2012 6:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Today's GD Lyrics Trivia Question - Softball

Au contraire... "If I had a" is just as meaningful and deep as any of Hunter's other lyrics. The longing for things out of reach, for powers beyond our means, is a timeless and universal dilemma of human existence.

IF I HAD A HAMMER (The Hammer Song)
words and music by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger

If I had a hammer
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening
All over this land
I'd hammer out danger
I'd hammer out a warning
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

If I had a bell
I'd ring it in the morning
I'd ring it in the evening
All over this land
I'd ring out danger
I'd ring out a warning
I'd ring out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

If I had a song
I'd sing it in the morning
I'd sing it in the evening
All over this land
I'd sing out danger
I'd sing out a warning
I'd sing out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

Well I've got a hammer
And I've got a bell
And I've got a song to sing
All over this land
It's the hammer of justice
It's the bell of freedom
It's the song about love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Apr 5, 2012 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Today's GD Lyrics Trivia Question - Softball

I meant in contrast to my efforts to game the system by finding generic phrases and then Googling them.

I agree that "If I had a" is archetypal, and gains from the very fact of being so open-ended. Completing it is like the realization of a dream. If I had a squid...